PBA Executive Summit

PBA Executive Summit


The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) hosted top executives from across the beauty industry at the PBA Executive Summit, this December 6-7, 2017, at the Omni Scottsdale Resort at Montelucia. This year’s event highlighted key disruptive forces affecting beauty industry business models and profitability, as well as how to capitalize on current and future periods of rapid change to differentiate and remain relevant.

Attending the Executive Summit can help accelerate company growth through networking opportunities with industry and business thought leaders, exploring current and emerging trends, as well as learning best practices from experts within various fields.

Stay tuned for more information on the 2018 Executive Summit!




Partner at Simpactful, Former Vice President at Procter & Gamble

A Force for Beauty 2017

Recognize some of the hottest topics of Future Forces that will reshape the industry, including:

  • How the beauty landscape is changed by digital disruptors.
  • Why millennials' shopping habits are changing consumer expectations.
  • How to navigate specialty beauty stores.
  • How to capitalize on the variety of ways to buy and sell products and services.

Kevin has spent nearly three decades creating opportunities for growth in over 60 countries. As a former V.P. at Procter and Gamble, COO of Salon Professional and now as a Partner of Simpactful, Kevin has worked with many of the top companies in the beauty industry. Kevin offers extensive experience in creating turnaround strategies, sales and G2M design, sales capability building, brand building, customer marketing, shopper driven strategies and building distribution networks. As Deal Advisor for Global PE Firms, he gained great experience in acquisitions, divestitures and managing Integrations.

Kevin offers more than 17 years' experience in hair, skin, cosmetics, professional hair care and more. He is often asked to share his inspiring and informative presentation, Future Forces. He is an active member in industry-related organizations and a former board member of the Professional Beauty Association.

Click here to read Kevin's Blog Simpactful Future Forces



Founder & Group CEO of Karrikins Group

MATTER: Create More Value, Move Beyond the Competition, and Become the Obvious Choice!

Find ways to remain relevant despite industry disruption through learning to:

  • Understand the difference between value creation and value extraction.
  • Embrace the very disruption that challenges you and your customers.
  • Elevate your impact in the Five Critical Dimensions clients and customers value
  • Become a thought-leader in future business models
  • Expand beyond a trusted adviser to become a strategic partner for your customers

Founder & Group CEO of Karrikins Group, Peter Sheahan is known internationally for his innovative business thinking and thought leadership. He was also named one of the 25 Most Influential Speakers in the World by the National Speakers Association.

Peter knows firsthand the challenges of growing a business in these rapidly-changing times and has advised leaders from companies such as Apple, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, Hyundai, IBM, Pfizer, Wells Fargo, and Cardinal Health. He is the author of seven books, including Flip, Generation Y, Making it Happen, and the recently released Matter.



CEO of Tomorrow

The Next Generation

Anticipate the needs of your company's future consumer base by answering:

  • How will the next generation of customers think, talk and transact?
  • What are the next wave of companies, technologies and applications empowering the youth market?
  • What will your business need to recruit, retain and motivate tomorrow's employees?
  • What are the skills and mindsets that will characterize the future's successful hire?

Mike Walsh is the CEO of Tomorrow, a global consultancy on designing business for the 21st century. He advises leaders on how to thrive in this era of disruptive technological change. Mike's clients include many of the global Fortune 500 and his views have been featured in a range of international publications including BusinessWeek, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal.

Mike takes an anthropological approach — scanning the near horizon for emerging technologies and disruptive shifts in human behavior, and then translating these into pragmatic plans for business transformation.



Executive Director of the Professional Beauty Association

PBA Update & Industry Report

Steve Sleeper has more than 25 years of progressive, financial, managerial and executive level experience in various industry sectors, and the trade association environment. He has been with the Professional Beauty Association (PBA) since 1995 and has served as PBA's Executive Director since 2001. In this role, Steve works with PBA's volunteer Board of Directors and Leadership Councils to offer business tools, education, government advocacy, networking and more to PBA's diverse membership, which includes manufacturers, distributors, salon and spa owners, and licensed beauty professionals.